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Learn more about native plants ?

Landscape with native plants (and save on your watering bill)?

Provide habitat for wildlife ?

Meet fellow outdoor enthusiasts ?

Help restore natural areas?

Then join our meetup group, attend our presentations, take part in hikes and other sponsored events. For more information see the Washington Native Plant Society (WNPS) website at http://www.wnps.org or the South Sound Chapter (SSC) website at http://www.southsoundchapterwnps.org .

Chapter meetings start each year with a kickoff picnic in September and we have meetings in the evening in Tacoma and Olympia from November through May. We also have hikes all throughout the year. Come join us!!

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Hike Manchester State Park

Manchester State Park

Date: Sunday, January 23, 2022
Title/Location: Manchester State Park, 7767 E Hilldale Rd, Port Orchard
Hike Leader: Cyndy Dillon Contact Information: [masked][masked] (text or call)
Departure Times: 10am Estimated Return Times: 12pm
Departure location: parking lot near torpedo warehouse Number of people: 10 per group
Hike Description: Set on the shore of Rich Passage, Manchester State Park includes 2 miles of hiking trails and 3,400 feet of saltwater shoreline, with a view of Bainbridge Island. The park is known for the large brick structure that was once a torpedo (underwater mines) warehouse. We will identify native plants (some only by observing winter twigs) in the big leaf maple and Douglas fir forest and observe the mosses and lichens that flourish in the winter.

Any special requirements: For Covid 19 safety, hikers must pre-register with Cyndy Dillon, who will send a link to a mandatory liability waiver when you provide your email address. When registering for and again on the day-of the hike, the participant should answer "no" to the following questions:
• Do you currently have any symptoms of COVID-19 as outlined by the CDC, or have you had symptoms in the past 14 days?
• According to the CDC, do you have any reason you should quarantine?
Participants who answer yes to either question may not participate in a WNPS activity.
For the hikes you will need to bring the liability waiver, mask, hand sanitizer and any water. Dress for the weather and wear good hiking shoes. Discovery Pass required.
Directions: From WA-16, take the exit toward WA-160 E/Sedgwick Rd/Southworth Ferry. Turn right onto SE Sedgwick Rd (WA-160 E) toward Southworth Ferry. Turn left onto Jackson Ave SE. Turn right onto Mile Hill Dr. Turn left onto Colchester Dr E toward Manchester. Turn left on E. Main St, then right onto Beach Dr E. Turn right onto E Hilldale Rd to park entrance. Follow brown signs to park from WA-16.

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